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Illegal drugs in pregnancy

Using illegal drugs while you're pregnant can cause miscarriages, premature birth, birth defects, developmental problems and behavioural problems.

If you use illegal drugs while you're pregnant, your pēpi (baby) might go through withdrawal after birth. The safest thing for you and your pēpi is to avoid taking any illegal drugs while you're pregnant.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed December 2021.

See also:

Medicines in pregnancy

Medicines, alcohol, drugs, & breastfeeding

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Review key: HIPRC-41255